We’re kicking this week off old-school style with some more modern classics. These vintage-looking brand new copies are by the literary champion Joan Didion. She’s unlike anyone else. Some sample quotes from these books in case you’re new to her (in which case, grab a book – any book – by her and get sucked into her world. You won’t regret it.):
“He would say something and she would say something and before either of them knew it they would be playing out a dialogue so familiar that it drained the imagination, blocked the will, allowed them to drop words and whole sentences and still arrive at the cold conclusion.” ― Play It As It Lays
“Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. And I suspect we are already there.” ― Slouching Towards Bethlehem
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live. We live entirely by the impression of a narrative line upon disparate images, the shifting phantasmagoria, which is our actual experience.” ― The White Album
She’s also one of my favourite people to image search. Her face. The dangling cigarette. Her eyes. Her style. Photos of her paint almost as much of a story of her as her pen.